March 16, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. - After the first two rounds of the Arizona National Invitational Tournament, the Wyoming Cowboy golf team is in ninth place and has two golfers in the top 30 of the individual rankings. As a team, Wyoming is in ninth place of the 12-team field with a two round score of 569 (+20). Individuals Mike May and Eddie Stewart shot 36-hole scores of 147 (+3) and 148 (+4), respectively, to finish them in the top 30 of individual rankings. May ended the day in a tie for 24th place of the 75-man field, while Stewart finished tied for 27th.
"I saw a lot of progress today from Monday and Tuesday," Cowboy head coach Joe Jensen said. "With two or three holes left we had a chance to finish in the top five we just didn't finish strong enough. We are going use this as a learning experience because I know we are close."
In the first round, the Cowboys carded a team score of 303 (+15). Leading the way individually in the first round was Senior Casey Ruff who shot a 75 (+3). May, Stewart and Eric Parish each shot rounds of 76 (+4) in the first round. Rounding out UW's team scoring was junior Clinton Boutelle who shot a first round 77 (+5). Jake Hedge played as an individual for the Cowboys shooting a first round 80 (+8).
Wyoming improved its score by 10 strokes between the first and second rounds shooting a 293 (+5) in the second round. Shooting the best second round for the Pokes was May who fired his first under par round of the season of 71 (-1). His second round score finished him with a two round score of 147 (+3) tying him for 24th place. Stewart is the other Cowboy to finish the day in the top 30 after shooting a second round 72 (E) to finish him with a score of 148 (+4), which tied him for 27th place. Parish shot a second round 73 (+1) giving him a 36-hole score of 149 (+5) tying him for 32nd place. In the second round, Ruff shot a five-over 77 tying him for 48th place with a score of 152 (+8). Boutelle shot a second round 77 (+5) tying him for 60th place with a score of 154 (+10). Hedge improved between the first and second rounds shooting a 76 (+4) giving him a final tally of 156 (+12) and tying him for 69th place.
Leading the individual scoring is San Diego State's J.J. Spaun who fired a two round score of 11-under 133. BYU's Zachary Blair is in second also shooting double-digits under par after shooting a 134 (-10). In third place is SMU's Mark Sambol who shot a 140 (-4), while Memphis' Jake Belote and SDSU's Colin Featherstone are tied for fourth with scores of 141 (-3).
At the top of the team leaderboard is San Diego State who shot a two-round total of 566 (-10). SDSU is six shots ahead of second-place BYU who shot a 572 (-4). In third is UNLV who shot a 573 (-3), followed by SMU in fourth (576, E) and Memphis in fifth (579, +3). In sixth place is Arizona who ended with a final tally of 587 (+11). Leading the Cowboys by two strokes are UTEP and Northern Colorado who are tied for seventh after shooting a 594 (+18). Wyoming is in ninth (569, +20) and Hawaii rounds out the top 10 with a score of 601 (+25).
"We are close to the next few teams above us," Jensen said. "We just need to go out tomorrow and play hard and make sure we finish our good rounds. There are five ranked teams at this tournament and I want us to finish right behind them."
Wyoming golf will play the final round of the Arizona National Invitational Tournament on Saturday with a shotgun start set for 9 a.m. MT.
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